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Old October 6th, 2015, 10:46 AM   #1
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I will reveal the mics and their cost in a few days.

First round was in my office with nothing but my PC fan. Second round I played some crowd chatter on a loop and stood about 6 feet from the speakers.

When connecting each mic, I adjusted the recording level on my Tascam DR-05 so they were at their max, just before clipping point.

Feel free to give your thoughts, or rank them.


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Old October 6th, 2015, 02:41 PM   #2
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2 & 3 sound best to me, about the same. Didn't care as much for the others.
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Old October 7th, 2015, 02:14 PM   #3
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Doesn't look like too many are interested! But it may serve it's purpose for those stumbling on this thread in times to come...

Here are the mics I tested:

1 - Olympus ME-15 19
2 - JK MicJ 044 - 22
3 - Azden EX-503 26
4 - Giant Squid Audio Lav 36
5 - Rode Smarlav+ (inc adaptor) 53
6 - Rode Lavalier microphone (inc adaptor) 159

Personal preference all things considered is the MicJ. Its super neat and tiny, and seems well made. I see no reason at all to spend Over 100 extra to get the Rode Lavalier Microphone over the Rode Smartlav+.
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Old October 7th, 2015, 03:09 PM   #4
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#1 for the Azden - I've just ordered a couple :)
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Old October 7th, 2015, 03:19 PM   #5
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Interesting test, I'd guess we all hear it a little different from each other and have personal preferences, No2 (JK MicJ 044) sounded just a little cleaner without being 'tinny' and without too much bass, it also rejected the background noise a little better....but then I've been using one for 4 months with a Zoom H1.
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Old October 8th, 2015, 06:10 AM   #6
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A re-test of the mics in a room with no PC fan, and recorded at lower input level, and boosted in post.

The Olympus and Giant Squid I already own - of the rest I think I may return them all bar the JK MicJ. Thoughts?

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Old October 8th, 2015, 08:47 AM   #7
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Giant squid worked best for me
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